Fabio Coentrao endured a tough 2012/13 season at Real Madrid and is reportedly seeking an exit from the Bernabeau, according to fellow Portuguese Ricardo Carvalho.
Coentrao moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2011 for £26m from Benfica after he impressed for club and also for Portugal at the 2010 World Cup.
Real Madrid beat Manchester United and Chelsea for the young Portuguese but now it seemed as if he wants out.
In May, Coentrao told Ojogo: "From the first day I do not think I was wanted here.
"Today it seems that everyone wants me to leave the club. I do not know what I have done wrong.
"We must find a solution that is good for both the club and myself, so that no one will lose out."
This is a great opportunity for the Red Devils to snap up an experienced left-back to replace Patrice Evra. Evra has not been in great form for the last two to three season and it's quite clear that United are looking elsewhere to fill the void as they look to move forward.
It was reported tha United had a bid rejected by Everton for Leighton Baines.
Coentrao is a younger option and has lots more experience at international level, and has Champions League experience which is something Baines doesn't have.
At age 25 the Portuguese is yet to hit his prime years and will surely improve in the coming years. He offers United longevity which is what they seek. Baines will turn 29 at the end of the year so he doesn't have a lot of years left at the highest level. Also Baines may cost United at least £15m, while Coentrao may cost less or even the same.
The history of transfers conducted by Manchester United shows that they normally go for young players, and in this case Coentrao is the option that is most suitable for the present and at least five to six more seasons.
The Old Trafford club always seek continuity and longevity so it is expected that more young players to sign for the club.
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